Gas leak forces evacuation of several buildings in Vancouver
Update (3:17 p.m.): Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services says that occupants of the buildings affected by the gas leak have been allowed to return to them.
"Fortis is on site repairing the ruptured gas line. Duration for gas outages in the affected buildings is unknown," an update from the fire department states.
Update (1:33 p.m.): Fortis Gas has contained the gas leak, according to Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services.
However, it is not known when evacuees will be able to return to their buildings.
An information session is to be held at Whole Foods Market (510 West 8th Avenue) at 2 p.m.
Original post (1:05 p.m.): Construction workers have ruptured a main gas line in Vancouver, leading to the evacuation of about 10 buildings on West 7th Avenue between Cambie and Ash streets.
According to Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services, energy company Fortis Gas was still trying to shut the gas line off early this afternoon (September 20).
"Once the gas line is shut down, Fire crews will then test the air quality for residual natural gas in each evacuated building prior to allowing anyone back into their premises," the fire department said in a statement. "The duration for this process to take place is also unknown."
No injuries have been reported.